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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 7/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 1.44
COST's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
83% of the 518 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.47 vs. COST: 1.44 )
COST' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.04   Max: 5.01
Current: 1.44

0.04
5.01
Equity to Asset 0.37
COST's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
66% of the 523 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.42 vs. COST: 0.37 )
COST' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.35   Max: 0.53
Current: 0.37

0.35
0.53
Interest Coverage 28.50
COST's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
76% of the 381 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 13.78 vs. COST: 28.50 )
COST' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.83   Max: 129.33
Current: 28.5

1.83
129.33
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 5.79
M-Score: -2.79
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 8/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 2.86
COST's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
74% of the 524 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.53 vs. COST: 2.86 )
COST' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 0.7   Max: 3.24
Current: 2.86

0.7
3.24
Net-margin (%) 1.83
COST's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
74% of the 524 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.15 vs. COST: 1.83 )
COST' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 0.75   Max: 2.01
Current: 1.83

0.75
2.01
ROE (%) 17.84
COST's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 514 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 10.04 vs. COST: 17.84 )
COST' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 11.3   Max: 17.79
Current: 17.84

11.3
17.79
ROA (%) 6.44
COST's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 524 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.13 vs. COST: 6.44 )
COST' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 5.09   Max: 7.84
Current: 6.44

5.09
7.84
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 22.39
COST's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 523 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 18.29 vs. COST: 22.39 )
COST' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 16.72   Max: 33.81
Current: 22.39

16.72
33.81
Revenue Growth (%) 8.30
COST's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 462 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.90 vs. COST: 8.30 )
COST' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 4.8   Max: 14.9
Current: 8.3

4.8
14.9
EBITDA Growth (%) 9.00
COST's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 423 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.10 vs. COST: 9.00 )
COST' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: 6   Max: 20
Current: 9

6
20
EPS Growth (%) 12.10
COST's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 403 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 7.00 vs. COST: 12.10 )
COST' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: 2.4   Max: 24.4
Current: 12.1

2.4
24.4
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Guru Trades

Q3 2013

COST Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Jim Simons 1,501,713 sh (+176.81%)
Jeremy Grantham 1,561,362 sh (+17.82%)
Bill Frels 2,169 sh (+10.33%)
Mario Gabelli 108,055 sh (+5.41%)
PRIMECAP Management 1,437,250 sh (+0.07%)
Jeff Auxier 12,395 sh (+0.01%)
Tom Russo 5,855 sh (unchged)
Warren Buffett 4,333,363 sh (unchged)
Caxton Associates 200,000 sh (unchged)
Ron Baron 14,396 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments Sold Out
Ruane Cunniff 742,898 sh (-0.22%)
Chris Davis 12,843,097 sh (-0.8%)
Tom Gayner 39,700 sh (-1.49%)
RS Investment Management 37,153 sh (-2.22%)
Steven Cohen 50,645 sh (-42.28%)
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Q4 2013

COST Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Paul Tudor Jones 8,894 sh (New)
Ken Fisher 1,772 sh (New)
Louis Moore Bacon 10,000 sh (New)
Jim Simons 2,857,513 sh (+90.28%)
Steven Cohen 68,228 sh (+34.72%)
RS Investment Management 44,878 sh (+20.79%)
Jeremy Grantham 1,736,761 sh (+11.23%)
Mario Gabelli 109,655 sh (+1.48%)
Ruane Cunniff 743,147 sh (+0.03%)
Tom Russo 5,855 sh (unchged)
PRIMECAP Management 1,437,250 sh (unchged)
Jeff Auxier 12,395 sh (unchged)
Warren Buffett 4,333,363 sh (unchged)
Ron Baron 14,396 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 39,300 sh (-1.01%)
Chris Davis 12,662,918 sh (-1.4%)
Bill Frels 1,969 sh (-9.22%)
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Q1 2014

COST Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Steven Cohen 93,221 sh (+36.63%)
Bill Frels 2,514 sh (+27.68%)
Tom Russo 6,855 sh (+17.08%)
Ron Baron 16,700 sh (+16%)
Jeremy Grantham 1,839,788 sh (+5.93%)
Jeff Auxier 12,396 sh (+0.01%)
Warren Buffett 4,333,363 sh (unchged)
Ken Fisher Sold Out
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Ruane Cunniff 740,247 sh (-0.39%)
Tom Gayner 39,000 sh (-0.76%)
Mario Gabelli 108,555 sh (-1%)
RS Investment Management 42,178 sh (-6.02%)
Chris Davis 11,535,342 sh (-8.9%)
PRIMECAP Management 933,150 sh (-35.07%)
Jim Simons 1,247,800 sh (-56.33%)
Paul Tudor Jones 3,490 sh (-60.76%)
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Q2 2014

COST Guru Trades in Q2 2014

John Rogers 5,057 sh (New)
RS Investment Management 49,168 sh (+16.57%)
Jeremy Grantham 1,880,088 sh (+2.19%)
Jeff Auxier 12,397 sh (+0.01%)
Steven Cohen 221,900 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 39,000 sh (unchged)
Warren Buffett 4,333,363 sh (unchged)
Ruane Cunniff 740,020 sh (-0.03%)
Mario Gabelli 106,320 sh (-2.06%)
Ron Baron 15,973 sh (-4.35%)
Bill Frels 2,266 sh (-9.86%)
Chris Davis 10,049,555 sh (-12.88%)
Jim Simons 1,050,900 sh (-15.78%)
Tom Russo 5,655 sh (-17.51%)
Paul Tudor Jones 1,908 sh (-45.33%)
PRIMECAP Management 457,450 sh (-50.98%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with COST

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Chris Davis 2014-06-30 Reduce -12.88%0.45%$110.65 - $118.23 $ 128.4212%10049555
PRIMECAP Management 2014-06-30 Reduce -50.98%0.06%$110.65 - $118.23 $ 128.4212%457450
John Rogers 2014-06-30 New Buy0.01%$110.65 - $118.23 $ 128.4212%5057
Chris Davis 2014-03-31 Reduce -8.9%0.33%$110.18 - $119.02 $ 128.4212%11535342
PRIMECAP Management 2014-03-31 Reduce -35.07%0.07%$110.18 - $119.02 $ 128.4212%933150
Ken Fisher 2014-03-31 Sold Out $110.18 - $119.02 $ 128.4212%0
Ken Fisher 2013-12-31 New Buy$112.21 - $125.43 $ 128.427%1772
Chris Davis 2013-06-30 Reduce -8.27%0.31%$103.61 - $114.83 $ 128.4218%12946197
PRIMECAP Management 2013-06-30 Reduce -26.04%0.08%$103.61 - $114.83 $ 128.4218%1436250
Ray Dalio 2013-06-30 Sold Out 0.01%$103.61 - $114.83 $ 128.4218%0
Meridian Funds 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.63%$98.73 - $106.64 $ 128.4226%0
George Soros 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.47%$98.73 - $106.64 $ 128.4226%0
Ray Dalio 2013-03-31 New Buy0.01%$98.73 - $106.64 $ 128.4226%13306
Bill Gates 2012-12-31 Sold Out 3.5%$94.47 - $105.95 $ 128.4231%0
George Soros 2012-12-31 New Buy0.47%$94.47 - $105.95 $ 128.4231%400000
PRIMECAP Management 2012-12-31 Reduce -27.21%0.14%$94.47 - $105.95 $ 128.4231%2359150
Ray Dalio 2012-12-31 Sold Out 0.02%$94.47 - $105.95 $ 128.4231%0
Ray Dalio 2012-09-30 Reduce -49.78%0.02%$93.66 - $102.67 $ 128.4232%12806
Ray Dalio 2012-06-30 Reduce -57.71%0.05%$82.45 - $94.33 $ 128.4247%25500
Meridian Funds 2012-03-31 Reduce -25.08%0.15%$79.01 - $91.52 $ 128.4263%161900
Ray Dalio 2012-03-31 Add 36.42%0.02%$79.01 - $91.52 $ 128.4263%60301
Ray Dalio 2011-12-31 Reduce -67.9%0.12%$79.02 - $87.47 $ 128.4254%44201
Ron Baron 2011-12-31 Reduce -81.41%0.03%$79.02 - $87.47 $ 128.4254%10274
Dodge & Cox 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.0003%$79.02 - $87.47 $ 128.4254%0
Ray Dalio 2011-09-30 Reduce -56.62%0.21%$70.39 - $85.07 $ 128.4262%137701
Meridian Funds 2011-09-30 Reduce -23.21%0.17%$70.39 - $85.07 $ 128.4262%238600
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2011-09-30 Sold Out 0.0658%$70.39 - $85.07 $ 128.4262%0
Ron Baron 2011-09-30 Add 28.64%0.01%$70.39 - $85.07 $ 128.4262%55274
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 27.30
COST's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
68% of the 537 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 20.40 vs. COST: 27.30 )
COST' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 14.35   Max: 29.25
Current: 27.3

14.35
29.25
P/B 4.50
COST's P/B is ranked higher than
55% of the 537 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.93 vs. COST: 4.50 )
COST' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.86   Max: 4.92
Current: 4.5

1.86
4.92
P/S 0.50
COST's P/S is ranked higher than
68% of the 537 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.48 vs. COST: 0.50 )
COST' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.24   Max: 0.52
Current: 0.5

0.24
0.52
PFCF 28.30
COST's PFCF is ranked higher than
80% of the 537 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 51.47 vs. COST: 28.30 )
COST' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 12.13   Max: 114.1
Current: 28.3

12.13
114.1
EV-to-EBIT 16.65
COST's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
72% of the 537 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 15.21 vs. COST: 16.65 )
COST' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 8.6   Max: 18.8
Current: 16.65

8.6
18.8
PEG 2.63
COST's PEG is ranked higher than
86% of the 535 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 188.69 vs. COST: 2.63 )
COST' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 1.24   Max: 3.14
Current: 2.63

1.24
3.14
Shiller P/E 33.40
COST's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
80% of the 537 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 31.09 vs. COST: 33.40 )
COST' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 16.31   Max: 35.33
Current: 33.4

16.31
35.33
Current Ratio 1.22
COST's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
74% of the 524 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.17 vs. COST: 1.22 )
COST' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.94   Max: 1.22
Current: 1.22

0.94
1.22
Quick Ratio 0.63
COST's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
69% of the 524 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.68 vs. COST: 0.63 )
COST' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.17   Max: 0.63
Current: 0.63

0.17
0.63

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 1.10
COST's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
74% of the 450 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.87 vs. COST: 1.10 )
COST' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.24   Max: 1.64
Current: 1.1

0.24
1.64
Dividend Payout 0.29
COST's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
79% of the 537 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.54 vs. COST: 0.29 )
COST' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.11   Max: 0.29
Current: 0.29

0.11
0.29
Dividend growth (3y) 14.30
COST's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
88% of the 373 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.90 vs. COST: 14.30 )
COST' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 40.1
Current: 14.3

0
40.1
Yield on cost (5-Year) 2.17
COST's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
53% of the 455 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.15 vs. COST: 2.17 )
COST' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.47   Max: 3.24
Current: 2.17

0.47
3.24

Valuation & Return

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vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 4.60
COST's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
64% of the 537 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.40 vs. COST: 4.60 )
COST' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 2.17   Max: 4.98
Current: 4.6

2.17
4.98
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.80
COST's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
81% of the 537 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.17 vs. COST: 1.80 )
COST' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 1.12   Max: 7.19
Current: 1.8

1.12
7.19
Price/Median PS Value 1.20
COST's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
70% of the 537 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.09 vs. COST: 1.20 )
COST' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.48   Max: 1.56
Current: 1.2

0.48
1.56
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 2.40
COST's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
83% of the 537 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. COST: 2.40 )
COST' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 1.75   Max: 2.84
Current: 2.4

1.75
2.84
Price/Graham Number 2.30
COST's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
70% of the 537 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.17 vs. COST: 2.30 )
COST' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.21   Max: 2.75
Current: 2.3

1.21
2.75
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 6.00
COST's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
68% of the 503 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 7.10 vs. COST: 6.00 )
COST' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 5.3   Max: 11.6
Current: 6

5.3
11.6
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 13.76
COST's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
77% of the 430 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 10.22 vs. COST: 13.76 )
COST' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 9   Max: 16.3
Current: 13.76

9
16.3

Business Description

Industry: Retail - Defensive » Discount Stores
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Traded in other countries:CTO.Germany, COST.Mexico
Costco Wholesale Corporation and its subsidiaries began operations in 1983 in Seattle, Washington. In October 1993, it merged with The Price Company, which had pioneered the membership warehouse concept, to form Price/Costco, Inc., a Delaware corporation. In January 1997, after the spin-off of most of its non-warehouse assets to Price Enterprises, Inc., it changed its name to Costco Companies, Inc. On August 30, 1999, it reincorporated from Delaware to Washington and changed its name to Costco Wholesale Corporation. The Company and its subsidiaries are principally engaged in the operation of membership warehouses in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, through majority-owned subsidiaries in Taiwan and Korea, and a 50% owned joint venture in Mexico (Mexico). The Company operates membership warehouses based on the concept that offering its members low prices on a limited selection of nationally branded and private-label products in a wide range of merchandise categories will produce high sales volumes and rapid inventory turnover. This turnover, when combined with the operating efficiencies achieved by volume purchasing, efficient distribution and reduced handling of merchandise in no-frills, self-service warehouse facilities, enables it to operate profitably at significantly lower gross margins than traditional wholesalers, mass merchandisers, supermarkets, and supercenters. The Company buys the majority of its merchandise directly from manufacturers and route it to a cross-docking consolidation point (depot) or directly to its warehouses. The Company's depots receive container-based shipments from manufacturers and reallocate these goods for shipment to its individual warehouses, generally in less than twenty-four hours. This maximizes freight volume and handling efficiencies, eliminating many of the costs associated with traditional multiple-step distribution channels. Such traditional steps include purchasing from distributors as opposed to manufacturers, use of central receiving, storing and distributing warehouses, and storage of merchandise in locations off the sales floor. The Company's typical warehouse format averages approximately 143,000 square feet; newer units tend to be slightly larger. Floor plans are designed for economy and efficiency in the use of selling space, the handling of merchandise, and the control of inventory. The Company's warehouses generally operate on a seven-day, 69-hour week, open weekdays between 10:00 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., with earlier weekend closing hours. The Company's strategy is to provide its members with a broad range of high quality merchandise at prices consistently lower than they can obtain elsewhere. The Company seeks to limit specific items in each product line to fast-selling models, sizes, and colors. Therefore, it carries an average of approximately 3,300 to 3,800 active stock keeping units (SKUs) per warehouse in its core warehouse business, as opposed
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